Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has revealed the players have been informed by manager Roberto Mancini that Carlos Tevez is to return.

Zabaleta believes his fellow Argentine can be a crucial player for City in their final 10 matches of the league season.

The defender said: "Roberto has told us that he will most likely give Carlos some minutes next Wednesday against Chelsea.

"In this team, Tevez was a key player for the last two years. The final phase of the season begins now and his contribution will be vital."